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INRA, Morocco is a century old, public organization mandated to undertake research for Agricultural development in Morocco.
INRA has greatly contributed to the modernization of the agricultural sector and agro-systems, and to the improvement of the competitiveness of the country’s agriculture. INRA is an active partner of both international and regional organizations, mainly ICARDA, EC, ICGEG, CIMMYT, AARINENA, FARA, COI, ICRA, and others.
Moreover, INRA is a member of several regional networks and maintains bilateral cooperation with several countries. In order to be responsive to different agricultural environments, INRA has an extensive capacity for field experiments: 10 Regional Agricultural Research Centers (RARC) encompassing all existing agro-systems; 24 experimental stations; 30 research units in charge of planning and implementing research activities; 10 services of research for development to serve as interface between research and development.
Over the years, INRA has accumulated vast experience in legume improvement, and in studying legumes in cereal based cropping systems, crop rotations, mixed cropping, biological nitrogen fixation, mycorrhiza interaction and diversifying agriculture for the benefit of farmers.

OCP Foundation was created in order to better press ahead with the social and societal commitment of OCP Group.
Its actions are built around five major themes, carried out directly by itself or its affiliates:
   - Social development;
   - Agricultural development;
   - Preservation of national and cultural heritage;
   - Training and research;
   - Thinking and strategy.
Therefore, OCP Foundation develops a training and research capacity through Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Benguerir High School of Excellence, and actions of reflection with the OCP Policy Center think tank.
In order to fulfill its missions and contribute to a better future, OCP Foundation adopts a global and participatory approach, establishing the basis for an integrated, citizen-oriented action for economic and social development.
For more information : www.ocpfoundation.org »

The Institute of Agronomy and Veterinary Sciences Hassan II is a higher education public institution specialized in training engineers. The objectives are training, research and extension. It is composed of six schools: agronomy, veterinary medicine, topography, horticulture, agricultural engineering, and food sciences & technology. Theses schools are organized in departments and laboratories. The technical personnel consist of 323 professors and more than 200 field and laboratory technicians. Five departments will be involved in this project: soil sciences, topography, applied mathematics, agricultural engineering and agro-economy. Although each of these departments has its programs and activities, there is a strong tradition in working into multidisciplinary research groups.

The International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) was established in 1977. It is one of 15 such centers supported by the CGIAR. ICARDA’s founding mandate to promote agricultural development in the dry areas of developing countries remains highly relevant today.
ICARDA works with a tight focus on the problem-solving needs of resource-poor farmers, achieving this through the in-field delivery of its research outputs. Although global food production has increased by 20 per cent in the past decade, food insecurity and poverty remain widespread, while the natural resource base continues to decline.
International research centers such as ICARDA, which have helped drive previous improvements, continue to deliver new technologies to support sustainable growth in agriculture, and crucially, to work with a wide range of partners to accelerate the dissemination of these technologies.
ICARDA’s biggest strength is its staff – 600 highly skilled men and women from 32 countries. Our research and training activities cover crop improvement, water and land management, integrated crop-livestock-rangeland management, and climate change adaptation.
Other interventions include:

Water harvesting - supplemental irrigation and water-saving irrigation techniques
• Conservation agriculture methods to reduce production costs and improve sustainability
• Diversification of production systems to high-value crops – horticulture, herbal and medicinal plants
• Integrated crop/rangeland/livestock production systems including non-traditional sources of livestock feed
• Empowerment of rural women – support and training for value-added products.
The ICARDA genebank holds over 135,000 accessions from over 110 countries: traditional varieties, improved germplasm, and a unique set of wild crop relatives. These include wheat, barley, oats and other cereals; food legumes such as faba bean, chickpea, lentil and field pea; forage crops, rangeland plants, and wild relatives of each of these species.
ICARDA’s research portfolio is part of a long-term strategic plan covering 2007 to 2016, focused on improving productivity, incomes and livelihoods among resource-poor households.
The strategy combines continuity with change – addressing current problems while expanding the focus to emerging challenges such as climate change and desertification. 
We work closely with national agricultural research systems and government ministries. Over the years the Center has built a network of strong partnerships with national, regional and international institutions, universities, non-governmental organizations and ministries in the developing world and in industrialized countries with advanced research institutes.
THE ‘DRY AREAS’
Research and training activities cover the non-tropical dry areas globally, using West Asia, North Africa, Central Asia and the Caucasus as research platforms to develop, test, and scale-out new innovations and policy options.  
Dry areas cover 41 per cent of the world’s land area and are home to one-third of the global population. About 16 per cent of this population lives in chronic poverty, particularly in marginal rainfed areas. The dry areas are challenged by rapid population growth, frequent droughts, high climatic variability, land degradation and desertification, and widespread poverty. The complex of relationships between these challenges has created a "Poverty Trap."
ICRISAT works in agricultural research for development across the drylands of Africa and Asia, making farming profi table for smallholder farmers while reducing malnutrition and environmental degradation. We work across the entire value chain from developing new varieties to agri-business and linking farmers to markets.
Vision
A prosperous, food-secure and resilient dryland tropics
Mission
To reduce poverty, hunger, malnutrition and environmental degradation in the dryland tropics
Approach
Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD)
Research Programs
The work at ICRISAT is accomplished by four major research programs
•    Resilient Dryland Systems;
•    Markets, Institutions and Policies;
•    Grain Legumes; and
•    Dryland Cereals,
along with the
•    Agribusiness and Innovation Platform (AIP);
•    Knowledge Sharing and Innovation (KSI); and
•    Platform for Translational Research on Transgenic Crops (PTTC)
•    under the overall framework of the Inclusive Market-Oriented Development (IMOD).
Development Program
In 2014, the ICRISAT Development Center (IDC) was created.

The M. S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) was established in 1988 as a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M. S. Swaminathan with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987. The Foundation aims to accelerate use of modern science for agricultural and rural development for development and dissemination of technology to improve lives and livelihoods of tribal and rural communities. MSSRF follows a pro-poor, pro-women and pro-nature approach and applies appropriate science and technology options to address practical problems faced by rural populations in agriculture, food and nutrition.
These efforts have been undertaken in a participatory manner and in partnership with other knowledge-based institutions, public and private sector organisations and local communities.
From a small beginning, across the years, the Foundation has made its impact felt in various dimensions making a difference to the lives of over 600,000 individuals, impacting livelihood of 100,000 farmers and fisherfolk every day with influence that spreads across 18 countries.
MSSRF is carrying out research and development in six major thematic areas, besides special projects and cross-cutting areas and themes:

•    Coastal Systems Research
•    Biodiversity
•    Biotechnology
•    Ecotechnology
•    Food Security
•    Information, Education and Communication
•    Gender
•    Grass Root Institutions
•    as well as through the Media Resource Centre

     

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